Martin Raff

Martin Raff


University College London

London WC1E 6BT


1963-65 Intern and Assistant Resident in Medicine, Royal Victoria Hospital, Montreal

1965-68 Resident in Neurology, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston

1969-71 Postdoctoral Fellow in Immunology, National Institute for Medical Research, Mill Hill, London

Research Summary:

I began my scientific life as a cellular immunologist.  I then  switched to cell biology and developmental neurobiology, mainly focusing on the intrinsic and extrinsic molecular mechanisms that control the development and behaviour of myelinating glial cells and retinal cells. I retired from active science in 2002 and now spend much of my time on scientific advisory boards in Europe and the USA and thinking about autism.

Recent Publications

Raff, M. (2006). Martin Raff. In Squire, L. R. (Ed.). The History of Neuroscience in Autobiography ( Vol. 5 pp.505-548). Burlington, MA:
Society for Neuroscience, Elsevier Academic Press. (see under Links)

Raff, M. (2006). The mystery of intracellular developmental programmes and timers. Biochemical Society Transactions
34, 663-670 Author URL

Raff, M. (2007). Intracellular developmental timers. In Clocks and Rhythms ( pp.431-435). Cold Spring Harbor:
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press. Author URL

Raff, M., Johnson, A., Walter, P. (2008). Painful Publishing. Science
321(5885), 36 (see under Links)

Raff, M. (2009). New routes into the human brain. Cell
139(7), 1209-1211 doi:10.1016/j.cell.2009.12.010. Publisher URL

RAFF, M. (2011). Looking back. Annu. rev. cell dev. biol.
27, 1-23

Scientific Advisory Boards:

Autism Speaks, New York

Company of Biologists, Board of Directors, Cambridge, UK

Ellison Medical Foundation, New York

The Champalimaud Neuroscience Programme, Lisbon

Glaucoma Foundation Catalyst For Cure 2, San Francisco

Gulbenkian Institute of Science, Lisbon

Luxembourg Personalized Medicine Consortium, Luxembourg

Medical Research Council Clinical Sciences Centre, London

Myelin Repair Foundation, Saratoga, California

Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative, New York

Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics, Oxford


Alberts, B., Bray, D., Hopkins, K., Johnson, A., Lewis, J., Raff, M., Roberts, K., and Walter, P. (2014). Essential Cell Biology (4th edition). New York: Garland Press.

Alberts, B., Johnson, A., Lewis, J., Raff, M., Roberts, K., and Walter, P. (2008). Molecular Biology of the Cell (5th edition). New York: Garland Press.

Hall, M. N., Raff, M. C., and Thomas, G. E. (2004). Cell Growth: Control of Cell Size. New York. Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press.

Greaves, M.F., Owen, J.J.T., and Raff, M.C. (1973) T and B Lymphocytes: Origins, Properties and Roles in Immune Responses. Amsterdam. Excerpta Medica.